Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN


July 27, 2012

Racing shines through soggy day at IMS



Potter drove the car through the rain when racing conditions during and after the downpour were tricky for the drivers to navigate.

“On the first start with the rain, there is just no visibility with the rain and you can’t even see the flag actually,” he said. “It’s just about surviving.”

Placing second in the Daytona Prototype class was the No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing BMW Riley duo of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas. Finishing third was the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Ford Riley team of Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor.

2000 Indianapolis 500 winner and NASCAR Sprint Cup regular Juan Pablo Montoya helped steer the No. 02 Chevron Chip Ganassi Racing BMW Riley Daytona Prototype car to a fourth-place finish with teammate and 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon.

2010 Brickyard 400 winner Jamie McMurray was scheduled to run as a member of the No. 02 team but after the rain left the 2.534-mile, 13-turn track saturated, his lack of wet racing experience left Montoya in the car.

The pole-sitting team of Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney led 13 laps early but had problems and went behind the wall after 52 laps, eventually finishing 27th.

For the GT class, the No. 70 Mazda SpeedSource team of Sylvain Tremblay and Jonathan Bomarito placed second and the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche GT3 Cup pair of Leh Keen and Andrew Davis came in third place.

In the opening race at IMS, the inaugural Brickyard Sports Car Challenge GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Race that was scheduled for two and half hours went 59 laps and endured a heavy rainfall and 25-minute red flag because of the wet racing conditions. 

Driver of the No. 01 CKS Autosport Chevrolet Camero Eric Curran withstood two late restarts in the final 20 minutes to take home the checkered flag with his teammate Lawson Aschenbach in the Grand Sport Class.

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